In February the ESU of Estonia met with the U.S. Ambassador Michael C. Polt to discuss language and culture. The event was a great success, and before leaving for his next appointment, the Ambassador invited all those present to the July 4th event organized by the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn to celebrate the 236th anniversary of American independence.
The event began with the welcome remarks, followed by the presentation of colors, which was carried through by the United States Marine Corps Security Guard Detachment. It was then that Gen. Ants Laaneots received the Legion of Merit (Commander Degree), one of the highest military decorations issued by the United States.
Once the colors were retired, it was time for the Philadelphia Boys’ Choir to take the stage to sing the Estonian and U.S. national anthems, which they managed superbly.
In his speech, Michael C. Polt stressed how hard he has worked to make the U.S. Embassy more visible in Estonia and bring the two countries closer together. He said he had never felt as welcome anywhere as he has in Estonia, and that he would always remember his conversations with our bright, motivated youth. The speech was followed by the cake cutting ceremony, after which the official part of the event was concluded.
Delicious food, wonderful people, and great weather worked well together to make for a memorable afternoon at Maarjamäe. The ESU of Estonia thanks Ambassador Polt for his kindness to the organization and hard work in Estonia.